Fresh Bimoba-Konkomba Clashes: 3 Killed
Three persons are feared dead as dozens have been injured in renewed clashes between Bimobas and Konkombas at Bombilla, a farming community near Nakpanduri in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region.
The latest skirmishes followed a dawn raid by persons believed to be of Konkomba extraction in the Bombilla community which initially led to the death of a young man in his early 30s, according to confirmed police reports.
A reprisal attack at Bongni also resulted in the torching of several houses and death of two persons whose identities at the time of going to press, had not been known.
Several residents, according to reports, suffered various machete, and gunshot wounds and are currently responding to treatment at the Baptist Medical Centre (BMC) in Nalerigu.
The latest clashes came a day after the visit by the Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, to the area to interact with various chiefs within the eastern corridor of the region as part of his familiarization tour of the area.
It is unclear what could have fueled the latest violence which began late Wednesday night with sporadic exchanges of gunfire from both sides.
Sources have linked its remote cause to the long-standing chieftaincy and land dispute in the area.
A combined team of armed policemen and military personnel at press time were leaving Tamale to augment the security strength on the ground.
It will be recalled that a similar incident on March 6 last year resulted in the death of one Tennilaar Doelar, who had his limbs chopped off.
The deceased, a teacher, was said to be one of two persons abducted in the heat of the clashes by an opposing faction and subjected to inhumane treatment.
Several other persons suffered gunshot and machete wounds with more than 50 houses torched, rendering over 1,000 residents homeless.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale